Nov 8 - Dec 31, 2018

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History


To inspire discovery, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world.

The Big Idea

Citizen Science is the New Necessary, so species can be monitored and safeguards put in place so that they do not move to the endangered or extinct list!

The extinction of a species leaves a vacuum. Consequently, a growing number of citizens have become passionate about collecting vital data, as we strive to understand species and the effect our environment has on them. Our citizen science volunteers not only learn patterns of behavior, life cycles, but take pride in recognizing and following certain individuals! Their work is crucial, not only to the species, but to the community in general as what influences the animal world can also affect us. The Museum has over 64 volunteers in citizen science programs such as: the BLOY (Black Oyster Catcher) project; The Monarch Butterfly project: and our LiMPETS program (Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students; Seawatch; and certain special projects. Our citizen science volunteers are invaluable to the community as they become advocates for the endurance of a species.

The displays of birds are amazing. Every display is well thought out and very complete. My three young boys, ages 12, 10, and 8 all participated in the Junior Naturalist Adventure, exploring the museum and learning in a fun way.
I absolutely did not expect such a great museum, but upon entry I knew I was grossly incorrect. My kids were entertained for close to 2 hours. I still feel like I need more time to explore.
I will definitely recommend this museum to friends and especially family. Friendly docents and staff made the experience fantastic. Thank you so very much, for such a cool day at the museum.

— Lincoln Brownlee, Salinas